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Career, Women

The Pie Life… and How I Found Balance

I loved being a stay-at-home mom. For years. The nursing, the middle-of-the-day cuddles, how the smallest activities turned into big, big adventures. And then one day I didn’t love it so much anymore. In fact, I found myself very depressed. My life was completely out of whack.  Continue Reading…

Beauty, Career, DIY, Women

My Adventures Correcting Yellowface

OK you guys. This might be my favorite DIY project ever. It’s personal. And it’s weird. And I’m a little giddy about it. Excuse me while I go giggle behind my delicate Asian hand. 😉 It’s called Correcting Yellowface.

correcting yellow face, michelle villemaire, asian, diversity, hollywoodA few weeks ago, in a fit of frustration over the history of Hollywood whitewashing, I felt an urge to do something. I started taking pictures of myself. Not just random pictures. I took pictures of myself as Asian characters who were played by white women in film. And it felt sooooo good.

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Events, Health, Women

Mimi Goes to The White House!

It’s true! Someone- who’s probably since been fired- let ME poke around the rooms of The White House! I read the spines of the books on the shelves, stirred my coffee with a silver spoon, and sat just feet away from First Lady Michelle Obama as she spoke about one of our nation’s biggest problems: childhood obesity. I returned to LA giddy but informed, ready to report on the accomplishments of the Let’s Move initiatives and armed with tools to continue the work.

white house, homemademimi, let's move, michelle obama, michelle villemaireBut before I get into all of that, first things first:    Continue Reading…

Charity, Women, Yarn

Yarnbomb 2015

Yarnbomb 2015 was a huge success. And by success I mean we honored women in history, the community enjoyed two weeks of eye-candy and when it was over, women living in shelters got some really pretty blankets for their beds. Also I did not fall out of a tree and die. See? Success.

yarnbomb, yarn, yarn bomb, homemademimi, village green, street art,, national women's history monthAt the crack of dawn on March 3rd, I headed to the Village Green with a few volunteers and did this crazy thing. Read all about why I did this crazy thing here. Check out the newspaper stories about the crazy thing I did here. For pics of the installation of the crazy thing keep scrolling…  Continue Reading…

Charity, Women, Yarn

Women of Yarnbomb

It started with one tree. I would just yarn bomb one tree. Just the trunk, in fact. While crocheting and listening to Aretha Franklin on Pandora, I decided to name that piece Aretha. As my plan evolved, I decided to also yarn bomb two more big trees and stuck with A for the first letter. Those became Amelia Earhart and Anna May Wong. (My sister-in-law knitted Amelia- one of the only knit pieces in the project.)

But then I just kept on going. I decided to also cover the smaller pear trees, the benches and the lampposts. To keep track of my work I continued to name each piece after a notable woman. And it became a way to honor women for National Women’s History Month, while creating yarn pieces that could become blankets for women living in shelters.Yarnbomb1

If I’ve learned anything in this process, it’s that there are many, many great women who have made history, many who are currently making history, and not nearly enough crap to cover in yarn. Continue Reading…

Crafts, Women, Yarn

Why I’m Yarn-bombing My Town

As a busy mom to little ones, I’ve been missing the days when I wasn’t responsible for anyone or anything. I’ve wanted to rebel. Spray painting graffiti feels a little too illegal, but covering a local park in soft, non-permanent yarn? THAT will be the perfect act of delinquency to satisfy my rebel heart.WhyYarnbomb1

I’ll do it guerrilla style. Don’t ask for permission, just ask for forgiveness, right?  

But wait. What if I’m ostracized from my tony community for being too crafty? What if I get arrested? If I’m going to take that kind of risk, this yarn bomb has to be FOR something…

So when the yarn bomb is over, the yarn pieces will be re-fashioned into blankets and my kids and I are donating them to homeless women and children. The yarn will serve multiple purposes: entertaining the community and helping the poverty-stricken. And my kids will have first-hand experience using art to make a difference in people’s lives. Win all around. Continue Reading…

Random, Travel, Women

L’enterrement de vie de jeune fille… and me.

I was dancing on a bar with my sister and her friends when I leaned down to speak to a St. Maarten local. “How do you say ‘bachelorette party’ in French?” I yelled. The DJ was blasting dance beats and the bartenders were doing body shots with customers. Waves crashed in the darkness behind us. The tall, Caribbean man turned to me, the whites of his eyes ominous in the moonlight.“L’enterrement de vie de jeune fille,” he said. I shuddered.Caribbean Man

Funeral of the Life of the Young Maiden.

I immediately sobered up. We’d been drinking Bahama Mamas from penis straws, dancing on tables and somewhere in this bar, one of us was wearing a giant inflatable johnson and inviting fellow bar mates to play a ring toss game. Continue Reading…

Events, Parenting, Things To Do In L.A., Women

Expressing Motherhood

Blogging is just one way to express my experience as a mother… now I’m taking the stage in Expressing Motherhood to perform it LIVE!Expressing Motherhood Banner

Lindsay Kavet and Jessica Cribbs created Expressing Motherhood back in 2008 during their children’s naptimes. Each year they sift through submissions from the parenting trenches and choose about a dozen for the show. The stories are heartbreaking and humorous, dramatic and delightful— and they’re performed by the women who wrote them. Continue Reading…

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